Brooks was supposed to come in and be the long-ball bomber that Randy Moss,
Jerry Porter & Co. needed to bring the vertical passing game back to Raider
Nation. A slow start and then a strained pectoral muscle quickly dashed those
grand plans--and landed Brooks on nearly every waiver heap in fantasyland.
Well, he's back, and with Porter on the field again, Ronald Curry getting open
regularly and Moss at last seemingly interested, Brooks has become a viable
option as a fantasy backup. He even has the potential to put up big numbers
just when you'd need them most: He has games against the Texans, Bengals and
Rams in Weeks 13 through 15.
For a player,
it's never a bad thing to hear your coach (and play-caller) tell reporters that
he plans to get you more involved in the offense. Those welcome words reached
Williams after Week 10, when he had caught Brian Billick's eye with several
clutch third-down catches. Although Williams has just 13 receptions this year,
he leads the team with 14.7 yards per grab. Along with the rest of those
involved in Baltimore's passing game, his stock is rising.
Malcom Floyd, another unheralded 6'5" wide receiver for San Diego, are
starting to become prime targets, especially near the goal line; each has three
touchdown catches. Like Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, Jackson is a former
college basketball player (he led Northern Colorado in scoring and assists as a
junior), which makes him a tough cover for smaller defensive backs, especially
when he's running a corner fade in the end zone. Now that Philip Rivers is
getting more comfortable as a pro passer, he's getting more latitude each week.
Look for all the receivers' numbers to increase and for Jackson to become a
go-to guy near the end zone when teams stack the line to contain LaDainian
Like his older
brother, Santana Moss of the Redskins, Sinorice is a speedy, elusive wideout
and kick returner out of Miami who has the ability to score from anywhere on
the field. Once his injured left quadriceps heals, the rookie will provide Eli
Manning with a slot receiver who can also stretch the defense to open up the
passing game. With Amani Toomer gone for the year, Moss's skills are sorely
In training camp
last year Chicago envisioned a lethal passing combo of Rex Grossman to Bradley.
Injuries to both-- Bradley tore his ACL in October 2005 and suffered a high
ankle sprain this season, while Grossman broke his ankle and missed the first
13 games last year--limited their playing time together. They finally clicked
two weeks ago when Bradley invaded the Meadowlands: He had a four-catch, one-TD
game against the Giants, then followed that with a four-catch, one-TD game
against the Jets. With Muhsin Muhammad, Bernard Berrian and Rashied Davis, the
Bears' receiving corps is one of the league's deepest, but Bradley could rival
Muhammad as the best--and become a reliable second or third fantasy